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Major Gifts Manager

Company: Invasive Species Council of BC
Date Posted: March 29, 2016




TITLE:                         Major Gifts Manager

TERM:                        Full time starting June 2016

SALARY:                    Commensurate with experience 

LOCATION:               BC, negotiable for the right person

CLOSING:                  April 15, 2016, or until a suitable candidate is selected


If your goal is to work with a wide range of authentically passionate and skilled people who are making a real difference in BC and beyond, we’d like to meet you. The Invasive Species Council of BC is seeking an inspired and experienced major gifts fund development professional to join our team. 

As the Major Gifts Manager (MG Manager), you will manage and grow a portfolio of private sector prospects and donors starting at the $25,000 level and up with a focus on raising corporate, individual and foundation gifts of $100,000 and up. You will enhance this new program by designing, planning and delivering major gift initiatives on behalf of the Council, working closely with the internal development team, fundraising volunteers, and Council leadership, including the Board of Directors.   

As a seasoned professional who is hands-on and can undertake both the strategic and tactical levels of fundraising, you will work with supportive staff team members and external advisors who will help deliver  fund development results and support you to meet your measureable outcomes. 

The Invasive Species Council of BC is a charitable organization with an established network of partners and advisors across the province.  The Council’s staff are dispersed across the province and work together successfully as a virtual team. 



ISCBC has established a Development Program to raise private and public sector funds for the 2015-2019 Case for Support. The 3-5 year vision is to create an operationalized, sustainable fundraising program based on best practices and a disciplined, strategic approach to philanthropy and business partnerships. The MG Manager holds a key position that will help build capacity to meet goals and deliver quality donor and sponsor relations activities.

The MG Manager will work as a member of the Council’s Development team, which includes the Development Consultant, Senior Manager, Public Sector Coordinator and Database and Records Management Coordinator.  The MG Manager is responsible to lead the implementation of this program by participating in the collaborative annual planning cycle and implementation of fundraising activities as they relate to the Major Gifts portfolio. Currently, overall Development Program strategy is being developed by the Development Consultant with the Senior Manager, with the internal team led by the Senior Manager. Activities are guided by approved plans, research software, a centralized fundraising database, and the time and commitment of senior leadership, including the Board of Directors.

Major Gift constituents include corporations, foundations and individuals in the private sector.  Methodologies will include a combination of personal approaches, tailored proposals and applications to meet donor renewal and acquisition goals. A formal planned giving program will also be developed.


What will you do?

As the MG Manager for this innovative organization, you are responsible for major gifts program success/results including developing and managing the program budget and recommending program changes and upgrades to the Senior Manager.  Reporting to the Senior Manager, you will work collaboratively with the fund development team to coordinate fundraising and donor cycle activities as related to the major gifts program.

Specific responsibilities include:

A. Fundraising

  • Development of private sector/MG plans, goals, timelines and strategies for priority corps/fnds/individuals acquisitions and renewals
  • Research to build relevant prospect pool to meet goals; qualify/prioritize w assistance from researcher
  • Content acquisition & development of MG approaches and proposals/applications/grants for input/sign-off from Senior Manager
  • MG briefing and debriefing notes, stewardship reports (create, record, share)
  • Coordinate and support External FD committee or other volunteers working on MG’s
  • Cultivate effective relationships with internal and external groups and partners
  • Portfolio problem identification/resolutions in consultation with Manager


B. Donor Relations

  • Oversee and enhance donor relations program including materials
  • Timely responsiveness to external/internal MG enquiries
  • Implement MG recognition/stewardship program, tailored for each donor 
  • Coordinate MG donor cycle activities as relates to others on team
  • Liaise with other departments/gather information as needed to support donor relations,

recognition and stewardship programs

  • Research and expand donor relations opportunities in consultation with the Senior Manager


C. Records Management

  • Regular analysis and reporting of MG progress to goals
  • Management of MG activities with MG prospects/donors towards goals (moves management)
  • Maintain timely updates/changes to portfolio records in database (actions/relevant info, coordinating data entry for new records/new info w Database staff)
  • Ensure database accuracy and high level of integrity with constituent’s confidential


  • Accurate, timely, efficient donation data and gift processing and receipting activities for portfolio in conjunction w Finance based on GW procedures
  • Implement gifts and pledge payment collections in coordination with Finance
  • Conduct prospect research using PrOnline and public research tools and online resources required

Monitor daily media and share relevant marketplace knowledge for any alerts about the organization, communities and potential prospects and donors

  • Understand privacy legislation and recommend/ensure implementation of compliance practices relevant to fundraising


D. MG Event Management

  • Plan and lead implementation of approved donor related MG events in and coordination w other team members

 What Background will you need?

  • Minimum 4 years non-profit fundraising experience in major gifts programs
  • Strategic thinking skills along with the ability to multi-task and focus on outcomes
  • Demonstrated expertise in the donor cycle, moves management and MG strategies and tactics to meet goals
  • Flexibility and resourcefulness to respond to/resolve unexpected occurrences in a thoughtful and timely manner
  • Sound ability to analyze, plan, initiate and complete own projects in a timely basis
  • Demonstrated creativity and superior written and oral communications skills as relates to MG fundraising
  • Proven ability to work successfully with senior volunteers
  • Exceptional attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a collaborative team
  • Advanced computer literacy and skills, including fundraising databases, preferably GiftWorks  


What will you bring to the team?

  • Energy and passion for the cause
  • A results, process oriented focus and drive to build the Council’s major gifts program
  • An engaging and skilled approach to working with volunteers and Council leadership
  • Ability to work with virtual teams and to independently manage your work to completion
  • Flexibility to travel within Canada for work purposes
  • Honesty, openness, diplomacy, relating well to others
  • Willingness and flexibility to learn and tackle new challenges
  • Motivated to have fun, enjoy your work and be part of a team


Position Location

The location of the position is flexible and will be determined based on strongest applicant. Travel will be required in this position. The Council offers a competitive salary and benefits package and provides a unique opportunity to work on a virtual staff team.


Position closes April 15, 2016, or when a suitable candidate is selected.


Please submit your resume and salary history to Jodi Romyn, Senior Manager: 

Attn:   Major Gifts Manager 


Mail:    #104- 197 North 2nd Ave, Williams Lake BC, V2G 1Z5

Fax:     1-250-305-1004  

NOTE: Only those who are short-listed will be contacted